I’m a bit of movie buff and enjoy doing some video editing now and again on the side. I have just created an Oscar montage of all the movies nominated in all of the categories (except Docs/Foreign and Short Film – I was under time constraints ) for this year’s awards. I just thought it would be something fun and relevant. It ends with the titles of each of the Best Picture Nominees ( 9 in total)….
The 2016 Oscar winning live action short film by Irish writer/director Benjamin Cleary – now available to view online in its entirety courtesy of the New Yorker.
Thirteen minutes well spent (if, God forbid, you’re using a regional masking browser plugin), to wit:
…a young London typographer named Greenwood (Matthew Needham) stutters to the extent that verbal conversation is difficult. When he tries to resolve an issue with a service representative over the phone, he can’t get the words out; the operator, gruff and impatient, hangs up. (For surliness, she rivals the operator in the old Yaz song.) When a woman approaches Greenwood on the street, he uses sign language to avoid talking. But in his thoughts, which we hear, he does not stutter.
Ahead of the Oscars on Sunday, February 28 – in which Dublin’s Lenny Abrahamson is up for Best Director ‘gong’ for Room…
Sarah Neville, of RTÉ, writes:
“Starting on Sunday, February 14, RTÉ2 will broadcast What Richard Did, which fast-tracked the career of actor Jack Reynor and who has since starred in the Transformers franchise. The season continues on Saturday, February 20, with Garage, starring Pat Shortt. Then the much-loved Adam and Paul will air after coverage of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Monday, February 29, on RTÉ2.”
Lenny Abrahamson, the Academy Award-nominated director of ROOM, will be honored at the Oscar Wilde Awards on 25 February. The US-Ireland Alliance event is held at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.
Also being honored are Irish actress Sarah Greene, Snow Patrol, James Corden and Daisy Ridley, the star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams will emcee. Snow Patrol and up-and-coming Irish singer, Roísín O, will perform.
DirectorAlejandro González Iñárritu (centre) with Best Film Oscar for Birdman
What do you mean you ‘weren’t invited’?
What you may need to know:
1. The night’s big shocker was Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman bagging four golden naked guys, including the two biggies for best director and best picture. One-time favourite 12 Years of Emo – sorry – Boyhood took home a single, solitary statuette.
2. First-time presenter Neil Patrick Harris was… okay. What worked: The Birdman bit and an early salvo at the inherent whiteness of the nominees (at least David Oyelowo got a good seat). What didn’t work: His opening number (ugh) with dancing stormtroopers and Jack Black (double ugh), not to mention choosing to follow the best short documentary winner’s heartfelt speech about suicide with an ill-judged joke about the woman’s dress.
3. Thank you count – Spouses and/or parents: 23. Agents: 11. Wes Anderson: 6. God: 1. It was a bad year for false idols with Harvey Weinstein failing to garner a single expression of gratitude.
4.Patricia Arquette gave a well-received (mainly by Meryl Streep) speech about equal pay, while John Legend and Common used the opportunity to express some rousing and heartfelt sentiments on civil rights. But the best speech of the night was undoubtedly Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski, who gallantly barrelled through not one but two rounds of cut-off music. Well played, Sir.
5 In spite of some fine work from John Travolta, the weirdest presenter award goes to Terence Howard, who tried to break the microphone and seemed to be publicly working through some personal issues.
7. If you’re shocked or surprised that your personal favourite didn’t get the love, then The Hollywood Reporter’s series of “Brutally Honest” interviews with Academy members casts a light on the process behind who gets what and why.
8. For example, one anonymous voter picked Leviathan (2014) for best foreign film based on the poster. “I didn’t get around to seeing any of them. I shouldn’t have voted, but I did. Everywhere I looked, I saw pictures of this stupid carcass and I thought, ‘That’s a cool-looking thing.’ And I voted for a movie based on the dead whatever it was in the ad thinking that it looked cool.”
9. And it gets worse: On casting his vote for best documentary feature, he added “I didn’t see any of the nominees, but goddamn Virunga is running commercials late-night every freaking hour, and those gorillas, man — I was like, ‘Wow, that looks heavy.’ And I voted for it.” So now you know.
10. Broadsheet Verdict: As these things go, it wasn’t bad but it was far from exceptional. But more importantly – who were you wearing? This special was brought to you in association with Quinnsworth Yellow Pack Vodka – even better than the real thing.Highlights of the 87th Academy Awards are on RTÉ2 tonight at9pm.
“To the three gin and tonic drinking well spoken “respectable” punters who were in last night. You have 72 hours to compensate us €300 for the damage you did to our restrooms and running out without paying your bill last night. Dumbasses, we have cctv cameras everywhere and will have no hesitation in publishing our unpixelated footage during the week if we do not receive payment #72hoursassholes”
Yesterday, they posted this pic…
“Compensation and letter of apology dropped in this afternoon. Doesn’t excuse the actions of these individuals but a small victory nonetheless. Many thanks to the Gardai for their assistance on the night.”
U2 perform Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom at last night’s Oscar ceremony. ‘Let It Go’ by Kirsten From Frozen won the Acadamy Award for Best Song.
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’ backstage selfie featuring (from left) Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, DeGeneres, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and her brother and Angelina Jolie. The picture reached 779,295 retweets in approximately half an hour.